An Alpha Male

Carmine Prestia has lived in State College since 1970. In that time he has been a police officer, an Alpha firefighter, ambulance attendant, Boy Scout supporter and a district judge. He was honored last year for 50 years’ service to the fire company, although he notes that he’s too old to go into burning buildings anymore. At 74, he has […]

The Queen of Arts

Marie Doll has been involved in the arts of Central Pennsylvania since the inception of the Festival of the Arts in 1967 so as she retires as the executive director of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, she can look back at the many offsprings of that first venture. For her, the major one is the Art Alliance. She is […]

Enigmatic Elements

Anni Matsick did not start out wanting to be an artist. Even though she was on the steno-commercial track in high school, she escaped a future in the typing pool when she got a chance to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art. She and her husband moved to State College and she began a […]

The Foxdale Diet

Kelly Cook, the director of dining services at Foxdale, spent most of his adult life in Texas, but when a recruiter came calling, he didn’t have to be introduced to Pennsylvania. That’s because his father-in-law grew up in Brookville, about 70 miles from State College, and the family visited often for summer vacations and hunting trips. So familiarity, coupled with […]

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